by Megan Totka
Did you know that Russia is the country with the highest proportion of women in senior leadership positions? At 43 percent, the Eastern European nation, often pigeonholed for being behind the times, is actually well ahead of the U.S. (at just 23 percent) and Britain (just 20 percent) in this area. The results are part of a Grant Thorton International Business Report that also ranked Japan at the bottom of the list for the tenth year in a row at just 9 percent.
Russia’s percentage of women in senior leadership positions is surprising, but so is the United States’ percentage. Forget equality at the top – we aren’t even halfway there. The U.S. percentage of women in its upper tier of business leaders is actually closer to the worst nation, Japan, than to the best, Russia. But why? It’s a multi-dimensional answer.